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Awards and Appointments


Susanne Lesnik-Emas, EdD, a professor of Therapeutic Recreation program at CPH, will be awarded a national Certificate of Recognition by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association at their annual conference in October. The Certificate of Recognition honors individuals whose service promotes improvements to recreation therapy programs. Dr. Lesnik-Emis was nominated for her involvement in creating and implementing the Active Living for Persons with Aphasia program at Temple. This program offers enormous benefits to both its participants and TR students.

Nikki Franke, EdD, an associate professor in CPH’s Department of Public Health, will be honored by the Burlington-Camden Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi for her accomplishments as Temple’s fencing coach in November. Dr. Franke has coached the fencing team since 1972 and was inducted into the Women's Sport Foundation's International Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Megan Baumel, Laura Cadge and Brigid Lyons,recent graduates of the Therapeutic Recreation Program, were selected as three of the eight national Peg Connolly Scholarship winners. These scholarships enabled them to attend the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Conference in Phoenix, AZ in October.




Cheryl A. Hyde, PhD, MSW, Director of the MSW Program at CPH, was named to the Associate North American Board of the Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare.

Eric Tosti, a Therapeutic Recreation student in the Department of Recreational Therapy, has been selected to serve as a peer teacher in the Adapted Sport, Recreation, and Leisure Services course this semester. This course, taught by clinical instructor Nannette M. Vliet, EdM, CTRS, gets students out into the community to supplement classroom knowledge with real-world practice. This is an introductory course in the TR sequence and will be students’ first volunteer experience as TR majors.